USPTO Unveils Reforms After Examiner Golfed On The Job

Law360, New York (August 19, 2015, 11:22 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office said Wednesday it is considering all findings in a government watchdog investigation into a former patent examiner who certified hours he never worked, which include seeking restitution for paid time he spent hitting golf balls at a driving range.

The Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Commerce issued a scathing review of the agency’s time and attendance policies, and its oversight of the former employee identified as Examiner A, who the inspector general determined was not authorized...
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